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Siam Pumpkin Jam and Almond Tart

Today's recipe is another Portuguese classic. It's my mum's recipe that my sister wrote down a few years ago (and good thing she did because my mother no longer has it). I have been wanting to try it for a long time, but I can't seem to find siam pumpkin jam in Denmark. So I brought a jar of jam with me from Portugal. This jam has a very distinctive savor and, although I wouldn't spread it on a slice of bread, when together with almonds and orange it has incredible flavor. The acidity of the orange complements the sweetness of the jam and it's just amazing. 


Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 230g (1 cup and 2 tablespoons) sugar
  • 175g (6oz)  Siam Pumpkin jam
  • 250g (8.5oz) pealed almonds 
  • zest of half an orange
  • powdered sugar q.s.

Instructions

Start by grinding the almonds coarsely. Grease a tart tin with butter and sprinkle some flour on top. You should use a tart tin with a removable bottom. I don't have one, so I placed a greased parchment paper on the bottom, just to be safe.


Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until it turns pale.


Now it's time to add the Siam Pumpkin jam - we call it "doce de gila". This pumpkin is quite common in Portugal, but I can't find it here in Denmark. I brought some with me from Portugal the last time I was there. 


Add the almonds, the jam and the zest of orange and mix well. Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks and fold them in the mixture.


Place the mixture in the tart tin and bake in a preheated oven to 200ºC (390ºF) for 45 minutes (30 minutes in, I covered the tart with aluminium foil because it had already reached the color that I was looking for). Keep in mind that it is supposed to be quite dark. 


Let it cool down and unmold the tart. Sift some powdered sugar on top and serve!



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Butter Cookies

So last week I was looking through my cookbooks trying to figure out what to bake the next day, when I came across these cookies. They were super simple to make. Delicate and delicious - the kind of cookies that melt in your mouth. And perfect to go with a cup of tea. This recipe is adapted from "Culinária Portuguesa".


Ingredients

  • 60g (half stick) butter at room temperature 
  • 2 level tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 100g (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • raspberry jam q.s.

Instructions

Mix everything together making sure that the butter is well mixed in the dough. If you don't have a pastry bag, add more flour if the dough is too runny - this way you can roll out the dough and cut the cookies with a cookie cutter (as the original recipe intended).


If you do have a pastry bag, make small cookies in the shape that you like. Bake in a preheated oven to 220ºC (430ºF), until they turn golden (which should take about 6 minutes).


Allow to cool, spread a small amount of jam on one cookie and "glue" two cookies together. 
And serve.


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Vacation - Part II

Continuing with the vacation segment, close to Leiria we have plenty of beaches to choose from. For some reason, many of my friends and family spent their childhood summers at Pedrogão. The beach isn't particularly beautiful when compared with other beaches in the region, and the weather and the sea are extremely unpredictable. However, there's plenty of sand, good fresh fish and when the weather is nice, you kind of forget how bad it was just the day before. I guess that's why we keep coming back. With that in mind, this is the weather that greeted us:



And then when you least expect it, and are about to give up, this happens:


Several restaurants/cafes serve snails and these snails were out of this world! Incredibly well seasoned. 


Eating grilled fish caught nearby is another luxury one can experience in Pedrogão, especially when you consider the view from some of the restaurants.


Bread, cheese and olives for appetizers, and white wine to go with the fish that followed.


Grilled sardines!


And grilled squid!


And the typical post dinner walk. 


Fun times. 

Vacation - Part I

I've been absent for a couple of weeks but for good reason. I went to Portugal on vacation and, as always, it takes me a while to want to post afterwards. But here it is. 
We grew up in Leiria, but ever since we moved to Denmark, we kind of treat it like we're tourists. A lot of walking around and a lot of photos. Leiria is especially known for its food, so I decided to document some of the stuff that I ate there, as well as the beautiful surroundings.  

Leiria's castle from the 12th Century.

 

A new restaurant in Leiria downtown, made to look like an old tavern.




An assortment of appetizers that included: olive oil, tuna dip, seasoned olives, grilled cod fish, octopus salad and cowpea salad.


Good beer.


Fritada (but they used pieces of pork with the bone) and migas


Dried and salted codfish (bacalhau) and punched potatoes.


Nearby you can find amazing Italian ice cream.



And downtown Leiria.




And in one of those tiny streets, you can get some Brisas do Lis, a dessert you can only find in Leiria.


And of course, an obligatory photo of Pantufa.


This post was way too big so I'll continue tomorrow with the beach portion. :)